After ending up with egg on his face for revealing tentative plans regarding a Van Halen reunion, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is choosing to instead blame the reporter for printing his ultra-newsworthy quotes regarding the project.
Blabbermouth transcribed some of Newsted's interview with West Palm Beach, Florida's 98.7 The Gater, in which he complained that rather than focusing on a benefit show he was playing with the Chophouse Band, The Palm Beach Post ran with his revelation that he was at one time tapped to playing in a revamped version of Van Halen.
Newsted spoke about the item, in which he let it slip that David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, and Joe Satriani were planning some sort of Van Halen outing: “That was bad, dude. I'm not happy about that. I'm really, really not happy about that. I don't do very many interviews anymore, and I agreed to do that to promote the show for the kids. So if I go to talk about that, and I mentioned two little things over here about the calls that I've received in the past 20 years from whoever it is — Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, whatever; man, whatever — I was just listing a list of the calls that I received over time that never went anywhere.”